started digging littlenecks in Point Judith Pond when he was 12 years old. He grew up wild- harvesting shellfish, eel trapping, bull-raking clams and scuba diving for steamers. Before Perry Raso opened Matunuck Oyster Bar, he was an oyster farmer. Raso has bachelors and masters degrees from URI in aquaculture and fisheries technology. He founded Matunuck Oyster Farm in 2002, on a seven acre commercial aquaculture lease, on Potter Pond in East Matunuck (South Kingstown), Rhode Island. At this location, the shellfish nursery, grow-out and maintenance take place.
This pond is also where Perry’s vision for Matunuck Oyster Bar restaurant and raw bar was born. The concept for Matunuck Oyster Bar is “simple food, fairly priced, fresh products, and making sure everybody leaves happy.” Matunuck Oyster Farm supplies the Pond to Plate concept for the restaurant with fresh oysters harvested right off the waterfront patio in the pond.